My path to Harvard Divinity School was circuitous at best. Waylaid from my eager graduate school plans after college, I found myself falling in love and getting married, spending several years taking care of my terminally ill mother, and getting further entrenched in Buddhist practice. While I loved my job working with college students at my alma mater, I knew that somewhere between Buddhism and counseling there was another career path waiting for me. Continue reading
What has been most rewarding thus far in my HDS experience is the emphasis on educating the entire self, not just the mind. One of the things that made me hesitant about choosing HDS over the other programs to which I was accepted was my concern that there would be a lack of community life and opportunities for growth beyond academia. This fear stemmed from the luster and accolade that accompanies the “Harvard name” and the pressure I was putting on myself to live up to that name academically. Upon matriculation to HDS however (and thankfully), my fear and the pressure I was putting on myself were both proven entirely unnecessary. What I found was a place where my entire being—my mind, my hopes and aspirations, my heart, and my self in relation to others—was going to be challenged, transformed, and educated in a new and complete way. Continue reading
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I see Harvard Divinity School as a spiritual community, within which there are many distinct spiritual communities. HDS is full of kind, caring, altruistic people, because that’s who the school attracts. Classmates, faculty, and staff have all ministered to me and supported me through difficult times. I often have conversations with people that inspire or challenge me to be my best self (like a good sermon). The Divinity School, like we say at my church, is “a place where we practice being human.”
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The notion of ‘fit’ was central to both my excitement and trepidation before arriving at HDS this fall. I knew from perusing the course websites and extracurricular offerings that, formally at least, Harvard Divinity School would be the ‘right’ place for me. I was more than ready to dive into the enriching array of learning opportunities that stood before me, both within and outside of the classroom.